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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Man loses $97,000 in online cybersex scam

Sulaiman Kamal | 10:21 PM | | Best Blogger Tips

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Three men and three women who are believed to have extorted money from their victims by threatening to expose their naked photos have been arrested.

A 22-year-old victim lodged a police report on 26 February after a group of people have been extorting money from him over the past nine months.

The man had befriended a woman on Internet chat room, Alamak.com sometime in May last year. He started a webcam conversation with her, and was persuaded to appear naked on the webcam.


Unknown to him, the woman recorded the footage and threatened to circulate his photos online if he did not transfer money to her.

The man complied and transferred a total of $5,000, but the extortion did not stop.

In all, he transferred a total of $97,000 to various bank accounts provided by the woman over nine months in more than 80 transactions.

Police located and arrested four members of the syndicate at a unit of Blk 32 Marsiling Drive early this morning at 4am. The other two were arrested later on Tuesday at 3.30pm around Ang Mo Kio.

The six, aged between 17 and 47, are also believed to be responsible for extorting money from at least four other victims using the same ruse. They managed to extort a total of $100,000.

A 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman, will be charged in Court on Wednesday for extortion. If convicted, they face a jail term of up to seven years and caning. Investigations are still on-going for the remaining suspects.

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